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  • Heavy Equipment is a Tempting Target for Theives

    The Facts:

    Heavy equipment theft is a growing problem throughout North America. As with vehicle theft, organized crime rings are the primary driving force behind heavy equipment theft. In many instances, these sophisticated criminals have equipment shopping lists. They know the types of equipment they want and where to find it, and frequently target construction sites rather than secured dealer lots.

    Many of these organized criminal rings send stolen construction equipment to other countries. Stolen equipment is often transported to the nearest port or across the border prior to its being reported as stolen.

    To help combat this problem, equipment manufacturers adopted a standard worldwide 17-digit product identification number (PIN) system beginning with their year 2000 models. With this format, international law enforcement computer systems can better check, verify, and track equipment reported stolen.

    Theft Prevention Tips:

    If you suspect insurance fraud or theft, speak up!  Call the National Insurance Crime Bureau
    toll-free hotline at 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422.  Your call is free.  Your call can be anonymous.  You could be eligible for a reward.

  • ReSales Feature | 2007 Yale GLC040SVX

    2007 Yale GLC040SVX

    Power: LP Gas

    Capacity: 4,000 lbs.Type: IC Cushion

    Lift Height: 187?

    Lowered Height: 82?

    This piece of equipment is located in our Ottawa, IL  branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.

  • ReSales Feature | 2006 Hyster E55Z-4

    2006 Hyster E55Z-4

    Power: 36V

    Type: Electric Rider

    Capacity: 5,500 lbs.

    Lift Height: 131?

    Lowered Height: 84?

    This piece of equipment is located in our Lexington, KY branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.

  • ReSales Feature | 2007 Hyster S60FT

    2007 Hyster S60FT

    Power: LP Gas

    Type: IC Cushion

    Capacity: 6,000 lbs.

    Lift Height: 187?

    Lowered Height: 88?

    This piece of equipment is located in our Cincinnati, OH  branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.

  • Top Plant 2011 | NACCO Material Handling Group of Berea, KY

    Photo courtesy: Tim Webb PhotographyPhoto courtesy: Tim Webb PhotographyPhoto courtesy: Tim Webb Photography

    For the past three years, manufacturing must have seemed like a high-stakes poker game to some people. It also seems the game has been played only two ways—fold, or go all in.

    If you have ever seen the World Series of Poker, though, you know the only people who go all in are either supremely confident or desperate, and neither seems like an especially sound business strategy.

    There is a third way to play, of course. It takes a lot more work and a lot more patience, and it won’t always yield positive results on every play, but it is a surer way to build your chips. You have to place your bets in the right places, at the right moments. You must manage the game for the long term, and not just play the game looking for the one big hand.

    Manufacturers around the U.S. and around the world are succeeding in manufacturing because they have placed their bets on the right aspects of their business. They cannot control what other players have in their hands. They play the cards they are dealt and seize the opportunity to improve when it comes along.

    Our 2011 Top Plant winner, NACCO Material Handling Group of Berea, Ky., is an outstanding example of placing your bets in the right place. NACCO bet on its people to help grow the organization. In doing so, the company has helped grow the community.  Read More…

    Originally published by Bob Vavra, Content Manager 12/15/11

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  • ReSales Feature | 2006 Hyster S50FT

    2006 Hyster S50FT

    Power: LP Gas

    Type: IC Cushion

    Capacity: 5,000 lbs.

    Lift Height: 189?

    Lowered Height: 83?

    This piece of equipment is located in our Dayton, OH  branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.

  • ReSales Feature of the Week!

    2007 Hyster S60FT

    Power: LP Gas

    Type: IC Cushion

    Capacity: 6,000 lbs.

    Lift Height: 187?

    Lowered Height: 88?

    This piece of equipment is located in our Cincinnati, OH  branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.

  • Meet Mitch Holland | Aftermarket Sales Representative – Dayton, OH

    Mitch Holland is our Aftermarket Representative in Dayton, OH and has been with the company 29 YEARS!!

    Mitch started out at a competitor before coming to Bode Finn in 1983 which became Hyster Mideast and eventually MH Equipment.

    “My expertise is has  been in the parts area – that’s where I first started in the business before moving into the sales department.”  He says his proudest sales experience was setting up and managing a large parts consignment at the GM plant in Dayton, OH for many years.

    Mitch’s wife Nancy is an RN at Miami Valley Hospital and they have 2 children.  His son Ryan and his wife Kristi have given Mitch 3 little grandchildren – Haley, Coby, and Brady.  His daughter Brittany attends college at Cleveland State University where she is studying speech therapy.  Brittany is also an avid volleyball player and Mitch and his wife really enjoy spending time together traveling to her volleyball games.

    When Mitch has extra time he likes to play softball, go bowling and fishing, and watch the Cincinnati Reds or Miami Dolphins play.

    “What I like most about working at MH Equipment is that all the people are committed to their jobs.  Everyone enjoys helping others –  I can say they are my friends and we all work together to make MH Equipment a great place to work.   It’s nice to work for a company that cares about me as a person and understands about family life – that’s always a good feeling to have about a company.”





  • ReSales Feature of the Week!

    2006 Hyster S55FTS

    Power: LP Gas

    Type: IC Cushion

    Capacity: 5,500 lbs.

    Lift Height: 189?

    Lowered Height: 83?

    This piece of equipment is located in our Lexington, KY  branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.

  • Shawn Canfield | Aftermarket Sales Representative – Evansville, IN

    Today we would like to introduce you to Mr. Shawn Canfield.  Shawn came to MH Equipment in early 2011 and is an Aftermarket Sales Representative in the Evansville, IN territory.

    “After 20 years in the aftermarket automotive accessories field, I realized that I was ready for more of a challenge, so I entered the industrial equipment industry. I started in the industry with Equipment Depot (formerly Levee Lift) as a Product Support Representative and was promoted to Field Service Manager.  However, due to the economic downturn, my position was eliminated. What I thought was a bad thing turned into a very good thing. I was able to apply for a position with MH Equipment. After meeting with Chad Brocious and John Kinder, I felt very comfortable with the culture and philosophy of MH Equipment and knew that I wanted to be of part of it.”

    Shawn says that the most rewarding part of his job so far has been the freedom that MH Equipment has given him to refine his sales skills and step into new territories that he has never been given the opportunity to explore before. He adds, “It’s important to be able to talk to people and understand their needs. I believe that when you develop a relationship and are able to communicate with them at a level everyone is comfortable with, you are able to focus more on the need and less on the translation. It’s a very satisfying experience to make current customer relationships stronger and also have the opportunity to develop new ones.”

    The most unique product application Shawn has been faced with was an ordinance handler that he proposed to the United States Navy. “They needed an ordinance handler that would pick up a vertical 2000lb, 16 ” diameter bomb and lay it into a horizontal bomb cradle. We were able to come up with the design and the safety features to insure that the load was not released until it was in the cradle.”

    Shawn has been married to his wife Penny for almost 16 years.  Together they have 3 children – two sons – Kaelin who is 14 and Christian who is 11 and a 4-year-old daughter, Kiersten. “In the summer we like to take weekend trips. We also like to camp and fish. When the weather is cold, we like to hang around the house and play games as a family.”

    Shawn says he never really grew up when it comes to electronics.  “In reality I’m still a kid when it comes to new gadgets and games. I even went as far as going to the Consumer Electronics Trade Show (CES) in 2001. So I guess if there was one thing that people don’t know about me, it would be the fact that I am still a video game nerd.”

    “I enjoy the freedom that MH gives me to develop my sales ability and the opportunity to build my business on the needs of my region. More often than not, companies try to make everything uniform along with their employees. MH Equipment recognizes that not all customers are the same and must be treated on an individual basis, and insures that MH personnel understand, nurture and promote that.”

  • Get Certified | Benefits of Having a Forklift License

    If you want to become a forklift operator the first thing you need to do is get certified.  First and foremost it’s a matter of safety – not only for you but for those working around you as well.  If that wasn’t reason enough, certified forklift drivers save money. While safety is the top priority for company’s money is a very close second.  Every year millions of dollars are lost due to forklift accidents that could have been prevented with proper training.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require all forklift operators to study forklift safety and operation, both in a class and behind the wheel before they can be licensed.

    MH Equipment has been making material handling operations safe for over fifty years with our industry leading forklift operator training and safety courses. Our trainers do an excellent job of keeping participants engaged while teaching useful techniques and stressing the importance of safety.

    We offer specialized and comprehensive forklift training classes, materials and programs that meet OSHA requirements.

    We also offer training courses for those operating an aerial lift (scissor, boom, self-propelled, articulated boom), skid steer, railcar mover or other heavy equipment at our Midwest locations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio ,Pennsylvania and West Virginia.



  • ReSales Feature of the Week!

    1994 Advance Sweeper

    Power: LP Gas

    Type: Sweeper

    Capacity: N/A

    Lift Height: N/A

    Lowered Height: N/A

    This piece of equipment is located in our St. Louis, MO  branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.

  • Featured ReSales Equipment

    2006 Hyster S55FTS-G

    Power: Gasoline

    Type: IC Cushion

    Capacity: 5,000 lbs

    Lift Height: 130?

    Lowered Height: 85?

    This piece of equipment is located in our E. Peoria  branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.

  • Independent Study Ranks Hyster Company No. 1 in Brand Satisfaction

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (December 5, 2011)  – In an independent survey conducted by Peerless Media Research Group, Hyster Company ranked No. 1 in brand satisfaction. Current customers of leading lift truck brands including Toyota, Crown and Raymond were evaluated.

    “It is truly a testament to our associates’ hard work that we received the top-place ranking in brand satisfaction,” said Jonathan Dawley, president of Hyster Distribution. “This award represents not only our commitment to producing durable, long-lasting products, but also to the outstanding dealer base that drives customer satisfaction every day.”

    Peerless Media Research Group’s study surveyed individuals in September 2011 who indicated that they were involved in their company’s lift truck purchase process. The sample group was selected from its Logistics Management subscriber base and represented leading lift truck brands including Hyster, Toyota, Crown and Raymond. The results were based on 540 qualified respondents with a margin of error of ± 4.3 percent.

    “This is the second No. 1 award that Hyster has received in a four-month span,” continued Dawley. “The first resulted from a July Peerless survey in which Hyster® lift trucks ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for total cost of ownership. Together, our two No. 1 awards are helping propel Hyster to the forefront of the lift truck industry – showcasing our strength in the aftermarket and parts and service arenas.

    About Hyster Company
    Based in Greenville, N.C., Hyster Company ( is a leading worldwide lift truck designer and manufacturer. Hyster Company offers 130 models configured for gasoline, LPG, diesel and electric power, with the widest capacity range in the industry — from 2,000 to 115,000 lbs. Supported by the industry’s largest and most experienced dealer network, Hyster Company builds tough, durable lift trucks that deliver high productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability and advanced ergonomic features; accompanied by outstanding parts, service and training support. In an independent survey conducted by Peerless Media Research Group, the full line of Hyster Company lift trucks ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for total cost of ownership in 2011.

    Hyster Company is an operating division of NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG), which employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide. NMHG is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NC).

    For more information, please contact:
    Brett Turner
    Jackson Marketing Group